Lumsdale

A wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty with stone mill ruins, waterwheel pits, mill ponds and waterfalls.

The Lumsdale Valley is a small wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty tucked away high above Matlock. With its crumbling stone mill ruins, waterwheel pits, ponds and waterfalls, nature has melded with the industrial remains of the past to create an oasis of romantic decay.  Scheduled by English Heritage (now Historic England) as a monument of national archaeological and historic importance, the Lumsdale mills and the associated water management features form one of the best examples in Great Britain of a water-powered industrial archaeological site. Its uniqueness comes from seeing such an extensive use of water power in such a relatively small area.

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